Today is World Ocean Day and we just can’t help but think about our favourite tropical fish–the cast of Finding Nemo, obviously–and the fact that we’ll get to see them again in just nine days (but who’s counting?). In honor of today, Disney and Ellen Degeneres want to raise awareness about the deteriorating habitat of the fish we so love.
The fish in Finding Nemo/Dory live on the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Pretty, right? Well, with climate change, parts of the Reef are being destroyed by bleaching, storm damage and poor water quality. That puts Dory, Nemo and all those other adorable fish at risk of becoming endangered.
Disney and Ellen want you to Remember the Reef and help Dory (and everybody else) just keep swimming (yes, we see what you did there, Disney). They have lots of suggestions for how you can help protect the Reef and the ocean in general. Little things like recycling, choosing aquarium pets wisely, being smart about what you put down the drain (remember, ‘all drains lead to the ocean’) and making sustainable seafood choices can make a big difference. Check out their website for more tips and kids’ education resources.
As if we needed another reason to love Disney! And Ellen.
And remember: Finding Dory hits theatres June 17th (like we would forget that).